Omar Infante is in the Royals starting lineup Monday. He is batting second.
This is good news for the Royals who were hoping that their new second baseman wasn't going to need a DL stint. It could be trouble though for fantasy owners moving forward as the bone spurs in his elbow aren't going to magically disappear. He could be dealing with soreness all year long and if it becomes too unbearable, then surgery to clean it out would be the next step. For now, it seems safe to have him in your lineup, but make sure you have a solid contingency plan.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Scott Kazmir allowed three runs on five hits with four strikeouts and one walk over 5 1/3 innings against the Royals on Friday in Game 2 of the ALDS.
Although far from dominant, Kazmir was solid tonight in his first postseason start since 2009. It was a positive sign for Astros fans, as Kazmir had been very bad lately, posting a 5.89 ERA over his last nine starts. But his success against the Royals came into play tonight – coming into Game 2, Kazmir was 1-1 with a 2.10 ERA and 14:3 K/BB ratio against Kansas City over 21 1/3 innings. This could be a crucial line if the series ends up going the distance. With the Astros trotting out Dallas Keuchel in Game 3 and Collin McHugh in Game 4, Kazmir will need to step up in a huge role in a potential Game 5 scenario. Even though that game would be played in Kansas City – we obviously know how electric the atmosphere would be in an elimination game at Kauffman Stadium – Kazmir would be a hot play in DFS leagues with his outstanding numbers against the Royals. Analysis: Zack Carpenter